March 4, 2014 •
Trenton Mayor Removed from Office Following Conviction in Federal Court
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack was removed from office February 26 after a jury found him guilty of crimes of dishonesty. Mack is ineligible to hold public office in the future and lost his tax-payer funded pension.
City Council President George Muschal was sworn in as acting mayor just hours after a judge ordered Mack’s removal. Although he is willing to serve out Mack’s term, Muschal made it clear he does not intend to run in the regularly scheduled mayoral election on May 13. He plans to spend the next few months working with the state, including Gov. Chris Christie, to facilitate positive change for the city.
After he took office in 2010, Mack’s administration clouded the city in a haze of corruption, cronyism, high crime rates, and financial mismanagement. Mack was convicted February 7 of six counts of bribery, fraud, and extortion; his sentencing is scheduled for May 14 in federal court.
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